unit 11

Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop Level F Unit 11
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abstemious
(adj.) moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline ----- syn. temperate, sober, moderate
censurable
(adj.) deserving of blame or correction ----- syn. blameworthy, discreditable, reprehensible
contingent
(adj.) likely but not certain to happen, possible; dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; (n.) a representative group forming part of a larger body ----- syn. (adj.) conditional, dependent; (n.) a detachment
corroborate
(v.) to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify
denizen
(n.) an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place ----- syn. dweller, habitue
discursive
(adj.) passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic ----- syn. diffuse, wandering, episodic
disseminate
(v.) to scatter or spread widely ----- syn. disperse, publicize, broadcast, circulate
dowdy
(adj.) poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartness and good taste ----- syn. frumpy, frowsy
florid
(adj.) highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, showy ----- syn. flushed, ruddy, frilly, flamboyant
foist
(v.) to impose by fraud; to pass off as worthy or genuine; to bring about by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion ----- syn. pass off, palm off, fob off
gauche
(adj.) awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy ----- syn. inept, uncouth, maladroit
heresy
(n.) an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred ----- syn. unorthodox belief, heterodoxy
inculcate
(v.) to impress on the mind by repetition, teach persistently and earnestly ----- syn. instill, implant, infuse, ingrain, imbue
palpable
(adj.) capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized ----- syn. obvious, manifest
perceptive
(adj.) having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation ----- syn. insightful, discerning
pernicious
(adj.) extremely harmful; deadly, fatal ----- syn. injurious, deleterious, baleful, noxious
salient
(adj.) leaping, jumping, or springing forth; prominent, standing out, conspicuous; (n.) a projection or bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward ----- syn. (adj.) striking, notable, protrusive, obvious
satiate
(v.) to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; (adj.) full, satisfied ----- syn. (v.) surfeit, gorge
sear
(v.) to make or become dry and withered; to char or scorch the surface of; to harden or make unfeeling; to parch, singe
specious
(adj.) deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit ----- syn. deceptively plausible, sophistic, casuistic